Kasambara denies suspending gay law

Published: November 7, 2012

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ralph Kasambara has refuted reports that he issued a statement announcing the country’s suspension of anti-homosexual law to pave way for public debate and parliamentary vote on the legislation.

This comes on the back of international media being awash with reports that Kasambara has announced the suspension of the legislation.

On Monday, the US-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International released a statement commending Malawi for the said action.

But Kasambara denied on Monday evening having released any statement to that effect or making any announcement on the matter.

"There was no such announcement and there was no discussion about same sex marriages," Kasambara said.

He further expressed ignorance on whether or not Parliament will discuss same-sex laws as it meets this month.

"None has so far talked or debated about same sex marriages. The Penal Code does not regulate same sex marriages or any marriages at all," he told The Daily Times.

In a later interview, Kasambara insisted "Nobody talked about suspension of any provision of the Penal Code."

He did not, however, refute print media reports that he talked about the said suspension at a minority rights debate organised by the Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (Cedep) in Lilongwe on Thursday last week.

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